Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

Feb 23, 2017

Wooden 'plyscrapers' challenge concrete and steel

High-rise wooden buildings, led by The Tree, a 52.8-meter (173-foot) apartment block in Norway, are claiming a place on city skylines as the timber industry challenges the supremacy of concrete and steel. New, ultra-strong wood materials are creating a small but fast-growing market for ...

Tokushima town becomes global draw with zero-waste strategy

Feb 23, 2017

Tokushima town becomes global draw with zero-waste strategy

A small town in western Japan has been attracting foreign visitors after its efforts to reduce waste to zero by 2020 have become widely known via YouTube. The documentary video, titled “How This Town Produces No Trash,” with English narration and captions, explains how ...

Feb 22, 2017

Small ponds have outsized impact on global warming: study

Tiny natural ponds pose an overlooked danger for speeding up global warming, according to a study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In experiments designed to simulate moderate future warming, scientists in Britain found that such ponds — 1 metre across — ...

Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

Feb 21, 2017

Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance. They aren’t deterred by the threat of flooding, nor by declarations from state and ...